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A Mirror of Our World: Google Earth and the History of Cartography

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dc.creator Allen, David Y.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T19:16:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T19:16:53Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-20
dc.identifier.issn 1553-3255
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/129202
dc.description.abstract Google Earth is widely admired as one of the most advanced and powerful products of modern computerized cartography. It has been praised as a revolutionary new way of viewing the earth, as the first convincing attempt at a mirror-world or a simulacrum of the earth. Nonetheless, Google Earth is deeply rooted in the practices and conventions of Western cartography. This article examines what is new and what is old in Google Earth. It especially focuses on the extent to which Google Earth constitutes a mirror world, and on the philosophical meaning and validity of such concepts as cartographic mirroring and representation. It also speculates about the possible future development of Google Earth and similar efforts to mirror the world in digital form. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher ALA Map and Geography Round Table en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Coordinates ; Series B;12
dc.subject Google Earth en_US
dc.subject history of cartography en_US
dc.subject maps en_US
dc.subject atlases en_US
dc.subject virtual reality en_US
dc.subject mimesis en_US
dc.subject representation en_US
dc.subject mirror worlds en_US
dc.subject simulacra en_US
dc.title A Mirror of Our World: Google Earth and the History of Cartography en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.requestable false en_US

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